Joe Mizutani, WB6KCE
Carl Evans, K6OHI reports that he is back on the air! Carl's work crew (wife Mai, W6MAI and Carl himself) began work on the project after Mai insisted they could do the work themselves. Work was done on their beam, 75/80 meter wire antenna and the coax cables during the mornings to avoid fighting with the strong afternoon winds. Although not able to transmit, Carl listened in on the net using the HF rig in his truck and a 106 inch steel whip while he was QRT. Carl will be back on the net beginning on Monday, June 7th.
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of
NA6-Delta, Ralph Matthews. Many of you were aware that Ralph was battling the effects of chemotherapy and was off the air in recent months.
Ralph was first licensed in 1960 at the age of thirteen as WV6PAO and upgraded to General class in 1961 (WA6PAO). In 1979 he upgraded to Extra with his present call. Ralph was a member and Net Control for the San Joaquin HF Net and was a Life member of Western Public Service System (3952khz.net) serving as a director and frequent master of ceremonies at their functions.
His station featured a Ten Tec Omni 7, Palstar AT2K Tuner and an Ameritron AL 80B amp. He described his antenna as a "cloud burner" inverted vee up at all of 20 feet, but regardless, he always sounded good. He was well-known for having a radio voice using his Heil PR 40 microphone. Ralph mainly worked 80, 40, and 20 meters.
Ralph will be missed by so many. When we receive additional information we will post it here.
Edith L. "Salley" Nikkel, WB6FOA
NA6D - Ralph W. Matthews - SK
Net Manager: Bill Mercer WB6FEH
Net Manager Emeritus: Jim Wintemute AA6F
Net Secretary: Ken Martzen W6WMD
Assistant Net Secretary: Jeff Lillard AD6RH
Web Master: Myron Sheklian WA6BLB
2021 Annual Picnic a Great Success
San Joaquin Net History
The San Joaquin net was formed April 28, 1959, by
K6EJT Bill with a group of amateur radio operators that included:
Al K6RPL, Roger K6HEZ, Alex W6BWM, Fred WA6AFW, Joe W6YQK, Jim K6ZFM, Floyd W6MJS, Verne K6EBO, John W6QRB, Sam K6OBG, Charlie K6SWW and Mike WA6OLG.
They met on 3.915 Kc every night but Sundays and holidays.
Members gave a weather report from their area.
The net increased in members, and changed the name to The San
Joaquin Net. The net has grown to a membership of over seventy
members with Q T H's throughout California.
The history of the San Joaquin Net was
Compiled by Edith L. "Salley" Nikkel WB6FOA of Pleasant Hill and copied
by Harry L. "Bud" Odgers WA6OVE of El Portal
Celebrating 62 years of service!
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Alan J. Vicenti, N6QOG
Roger Corum, WD6CNV
San Joaquin Net meets Monday-Saturday on 3918 khz, at 6 PM Pacific Time
Remembering Our Silent Keys
George Stevans, K6SNA
Thank you to Larry, AD6W, for arranging a place for our SJHF Picnic in Kingsburg this year. A special thanks to the Kingsburg group for purchasing all of the hamburgers and trimmings and grilling them; Jim, AA6F for donating the hot dogs, chips, condiments, etc.; Myron, WA6BLB and Debbie, N6IBH for donating all the drinks; and so many people for adding sides and desserts. We had over 40 in attendance this year which made it one of the best-attended picnics in years.
Here are a few pictures from the May 1st picnic for now from the Sheklians and Whipkeys. As I receive others from those in attendance, I will add those to the post.
New Addition to Archives Page
Find out which of our current members were members of this net in 1992. Click on the archives tab to see the list.
Roland H. Ron
NA6D, Ralph W. Matthews
NA6 - DELTA
Roseville and Lincoln
2021 San Joaquin HF Net Picnic This Weekend - May 1st!
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Updated April 29, 2021
Last year we were unable to meet at Roeding Park in Fresno. The City of Fresno is not currently accepting reservations. Because there was some interest in perhaps getting together this year, Larry AD6W, checked into the possibility of meeting in Kingsburg on May 1, 2021. Kingsburg is right off Highway 99 and about 20 miles south of Roeding Park where we have met in past years.
Memorial Park is larger and has a reserved covered picnic area with tables, BBQ facilities, water, a horseshoe pit game area, restrooms and a play area for kids. It is located eight-tenths of a mile off of Highway 99 on the corner of Sierra and 18th right across from Kingsburg High School. Parallel parking on the street is suitable for RV parking along two sides. Other events could be going on simultaneously. Larry has reserved a place for us there for Saturday, May 1st from 7:00 AM to 3 PM.
The park is near the restored 1875 Historic Kingsburg SP Railroad Depot of which Larry is President! He is up to offering brief tours if anyone is interested. Kingsburg has a clean and quaint main street with lots of restaurants, a very cute old time ice cream parlor, etc.
From the results of a survey taken earlier, it was decided to offer a packaged lunch instead of our usual potluck. At this point in time it will most likely be a hot dog and/or hamburger lunch special. Details will be forth-coming in QSTs on the net and here on our webpage. This page will be updated several times between now and May 1st, so check back here from time to time.
A list of who plan to attend can be found below. During the net we will be requesting updates between now and May 1.
K6OHI Back On The AIR!
Harry L. "Bud" Odgers, WA6OVE
Bob Perry, K6GDI
Bylaws to Remain Unchanged At This Time
The entire bylaws proposal set to be voted on during the June 17, 2021 Net has been withdrawn. Net Manager Bill Mercer WB6FEH addresses this issue on the "Bylaws Tab" which can be selected on the top of any page.